Elisabeth Mann Borgese Ocean Lecture Series

The Elisabeth Mann Borgese Ocean Lecture Series commemorates and celebrates the life and work of the founder of the IOI and its interdisciplinary training programmes. This public lecture series was launched in 2005 to mark the 25th anniversary of the IOI Training Programme in Halifax, Canada. The objective is to further encourage the debate on oceans issues by inviting internationally renowned speakers to discuss important and timely ocean-related topics. This lecture series aims to generate awareness among stakeholders, academics, students and the general public about important ocean issues. IOI Canada organizes these annual lectures also as part of a series of events to mark World Ocean Day on the 8th of June each year.


Previous distinguished speakers in this series:

  • 2013: Nikolaus Gelpke, President of the Ocean Science Research Foundation (OSRF), President of IOI, founder & Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning mare, publisher of mareverlag, and Managing Director of maribus gGmbH. A video of his lecture on Communicating the Oceans is available by e-mailing IOI-Canada.
  • 2014: Dr Susan D. Shaw, President & Founder, Marine Environmental Research Institute, Blue Hill, Maine and Professor, School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences, State University of New York, Albany. Dr Shaw spoke on Reckless Endangerment: The Gulf Oil Spill Revisited -- And Why Canada Should Pay Attention. For a copy of her speech, please e-mail IOI-Canada.
  • 2018: The 14th annual EMB Lecture was one of the 2018 anniversary events -- see: EMB @ 100: Marking the Centenary.  It was the first of a three-part lecture series and features a panel discussion on PEACE AND EQUITY IN OCEAN GOVERNANCE - POSSIBILITY OR PIPE DREAM? with:
    • Vice-Admiral (ret'd) Glenn V. Davidson, former Ambassador of Canada to Syria and Afghanistan
    • Dr Susanna Fuller, High Seas Alliance and Senior Research Fellow, IOI-Canada
    • Hugh Williamson, Adjunct Professor, Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University, and Senior Research Fellow, IOI-Canada
    • Moderator: Dr Wendy Watson Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Frontier Institute.

More information on the event may be obtained from the dedicated page at IOI Canada here.